Haupt's Theatre

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Makeshift venue in a wine warehouse belonging to P.J. Haupt in Hope Street, Cape Town, which was used as a theatre in 1848 and 1849.

In 1849 James Lycett fixed up the upper story of Haupt’s wine store on 21 Hope Street, Cape Town. The interior had apparently been modelled on the Roeland Street Theatre and was divided lengthwise with a wooden partition into a promenade on the one side and an auditorium on the other. There was also a gallery at the street end. Lycett’s company performed The Bottle (based on Cruikshanks’s cartoon) in this theatre. A number of unadvertised plays was also produced at the Haupt. (This theatre should not be confused with the Hope Street Theatre used by the Liefhebbery Tooneel.)


Bosman, 1928; Laidler, 1926 [TH, JH]

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